Man oh, man! I remember that Nel-Spot bolt action paint gun. I got into a local group and joined the original Paint Ball org. Firing a paint ball of .68 caliber that was kinda accurate out to about 30 yards. A little more accuracy if you kept the pellets in a cooler so that the paint inside the pellet wouldn’t move around too much when in flight. We didn’t play it in an open field either, we had several acres of woods to run around in! Close hits would raise a welt. Hits at super close range would break the skin. And, that was with the “new” water based paints. You DID NOT want to be hit by the original oil based paint that was used by the foresters for marking trees!!I have two non-firearm honorable mentions, the first is a Crossman pistol similar to yours, but mine was a .177 pellet version. The other is a Nel-Spot 007 paintball gun, the original gun used in paintball, before there were purpose built paintball guns. The Nel Spot was made for forestry operations to mark trees. It was a bolt action pistol. Playing paintball with a bolt action really made you concentrate on shot timing and placement in a simulated force-on-force situation.
- Colt Official Police: When I was 12, my Dad set up a wax bullet range for me in the basement. I would take used .38 brass, replace the spent primer with a primer tool, shove a wax bullet in the end. The target was a huge cardboard box a refrigerator had come in, with a target drawn on the side. I really learned how to shoot a revolver extremely well in that basement and it transferred to shooting live ammo later on in life. I always qual'ed expert on any course of fire with a revolver, even if I had not shot one in a while.
- S&W Model 36: The first gun I bought when I turned 21 and the first gun I CC'ed as a plainclothes store detective in a large department store. When CC permits came to my state, it was my EDC for years and I still have it.
- 1911, custom modded for target shooting by Navy gunsmiths. I used that to compete on a National Match team.
- Colt Woodsman Match Target: Also Navy issue and used to shoot smallbore pistol on the National Match team.
- Ruger LCR: I have tried other EDCs, but for the last few years, I keep coming back to the the LCR. It is just so darn handy!